10 Things You Should Know Before Reading Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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Hello Muggles! The world of magic is back and we can’t seem to contain our excitement as the eighth official book of the Harry Potter series is out. I know you can’t wait to lose yourself in the lives of Harry, Ron and Hermionie yet again 19 years after we left them at the Kings cross station but wait! There are a few things you should know before you go ahead and grab your copy.

Here we go.

1. The Book isn’t a Novel

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Since the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is originally a two part play, the book is the actual script (with stage directions and all) of the same. You might miss the detailed and vivid language of a novel here but Jack Thorne has done a great job in stage setting and dialogues.

2. You May Need to Read ‘Goblet Of Fire’ Once Again

Being a sequel to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, its likely you will want to quickly go through it but I suggest do scan through the pages of ‘Goblet of fire’. Why? You will want to strangle me if I gave that away, really. Just do it. Thank me later. (Buy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child here.)

3. Hermionie is Black

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True, there is never any explicit mention of Hermionie being white in any of the books. But having seen a white Hermionie (Emma Watson is etched in our minds) suddenly becoming black 19 years later is difficult to digest.

4. The Cursed Child Isn’t Revealed

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This is something you will have to imagine for yourself. Is it Albus Severus Potter for being expected to keep up with his family name? Or some dark cruel curse was really thrown at him? Is it Scorpious Malfoy for being the son of the infamous Malfoys or is it no other than the daughter of.... (No I am not talking about Ron and Hermione) okay enough said already. Go grab the book here and tell me who do you think it is.

5. Time Turners Are Involved and in an Alternate Way

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Remember when Hermionie used time turners to keep up with her studies. In Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, time turners can make you go years back and you can actually mess with the things that really happened to give them a new turn of events. Interesting hmm…

6. There are Two Alternative Plots

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Yup, that’s correct. Albus (Harry’s son) and Scorpius (Draco’s son) use the time turner multiple times and have to deal with the consequences. I am not telling you what the consequences were but this leads to two climaxes of the plot. Yup there are two ways the story ends. Now this time you don’t have to turn that last page wishing for a different ending. Just pick the one you liked and everybody goes home happy. 

7. It is a Short Read

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Unlike other Harry Potter books, this one is comparatively a short read with just 352 hardcover pages. That can be completed at one go or at max two, right?


8. It is Not a J.k.Rowling story

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The original play is not written by J.K.Rowling. No don’t frown already. She has co-authored the story with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. The stage play has actually been written by Jack Thorne. 

9. You will Never Forget it

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How? We read Harry Potter books, then watched the movies, then read the books  again to find out loops and then we were settled. Happy and satisfied. Harry Potter and the cursed child in the other hand is a play set in London. So how the rest of the world is going to experience it? Read the book of course, which is again just a script book not a full length novel. SO you see that urge of wanting to watch the show live will never die.

10. There Are Mixed Reviews Everywhere

Being a Potter fan, you must have already searched everything you wanted to know about The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So you must be aware of all the mixed reviews you read all over the internet. But it is nice in a way. You just have to actually read the book to settle with your own judgment. 

Haven’t bought the book yet? What are you waiting for? Grab it here and meanwhile don’t forget to share your opinions and expectations out of this Script book. Are you happy that it has been launched as a play or did you have want a novel and a movie combo as seen before? Let us know in the comments section below.

So, what do you have to say?